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Lucy Campbell

A freelance writer for nearly two decades, Lucy Campbell has traveled extensively, covering stories of interest from around the world. Much of Lucy's focus is on consumer advocacy, and the legal topics that affect her readers' daily lives--everything from mislabeled food to auto recalls to harmful drugs and defective products. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys painting and a good cup of coffee.

  • Family of Apollo 13 Star Bill Paxton File Wrongful Death Lawsuit
    Family of Apollo 13 Star Bill Paxton File Wrongful Death Lawsuit
    February 14, 2018

    Los Angeles, CA: Almost a year ago Bill Paxton, the actor who starred in “Apollo 13” died suddenly following heart surgery. This week, his family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the surgeon and the medical center where Paxton underwent surgery. The complaint asserts the surgeon was negligent as he misrepresented the risks of involved with the procedure.

  • Takata Air Bag Recall Expands - 3.3M More Vehicles Affected
    Takata Air Bag Recall Expands - 3.3M More Vehicles Affected
    January 19, 2018

    Washington, DC: This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that defective Takata airbag recall has been expanded to include vehicles from 14 different automakers. According to ABCNews on Thursday night, the NHTSA posted documents to its website listing the latest affected vehicles. These include Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Daimler Vans, Toyota, Tesla, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Subaru, Jaguar-Land Rover, McLaren and Volkswagen. Last week, Toyota, Ford and Honda released some of their affected models.

  • 401K Lawsuit Finds Edison Human Resources Rep Liable for Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    401K Lawsuit Finds Edison Human Resources Rep Liable for Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    December 15, 2017

    Washington, DC: A supreme court ruling in an ERISA lawsuit concerning the statute of limitations pertaining to plaintiffs claims, namely, Tibble, et al vs. Edison International, et al, has found the VP of human resources liable of a fiduciary breach.

  • $417M Verdict Awarded Against J&J in California Talcum Powder Lawsuit
    $417M Verdict Awarded Against J&J in California Talcum Powder Lawsuit
    August 21, 2017

    Santa Clara, CA: In the latest talcum powder lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered to pay $417 million in damages to a woman who claimed she developed terminal ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products such as Johnson's Baby Powder.

  • Takata Recalls Another 2.7M Air Bag Inflators
    Takata Recalls Another 2.7M Air Bag Inflators
    July 12, 2017

    Santa Clara, CA: Yet another Takata air bag recall is in the works. Announced this week, the recall involves 2.7 million air bag inflators made between 2005 and 2012 and installed in Ford, Nissan and Mazda vehicles sold in the US. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) website, as of January 19, 2017, some 42,000,000 vehicles are affected by Takata airbag recalls.

  • Defective Airbags Prompt Takata Bankruptcy
    Defective Airbags Prompt Takata Bankruptcy
    June 26, 2017

    Santa Clara, CA: Takata, the Japanese maker of defective airbags that have been recalled by the millions, has filed for bankruptcy. Defective Takata airbags have been linked to 11 deaths in the US.

  • Fosamax Femur Fracture Lawsuits Revived
    Fosamax Femur Fracture Lawsuits Revived
    March 24, 2017

    Santa Clara, CA: About 5,000 Fosamax personal injury cases have been given renewed life this week, after the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit overturned an earlier dismissal of multidistrict litigation (MDL) which claims users of Merck's osteoporosis drug suffered femur fractures.

  • Takata to Pay $1B for Airbag Scandal
    Takata to Pay $1B for Airbag Scandal
    January 13, 2017

    Washington, DC: Takata will pay $1 billion to the US government for concealing information regarding its defective airbags. Additionally, three Takata executive are facing criminal charges brought by federal prosecutors over the airbag scandal. The Takata airbag recalls are the largest automotive recalls in US history and are the cause of several deaths.

  • $70M Settlement for J&J Talc Powder Cancer Lawsuit
    $70M Settlement for J&J Talc Powder Cancer Lawsuit
    October 28, 2016

    Santa Clara, CA: A $70 million award has been granted court approval for a woman in California who sued Johnson & Johnson (J&J) alleging J&J Talc Powder caused her cancer. The suit claimed “negligent conduct" in making and marketing its baby powder.

  • Train Derails in Heavy Rainstorm in California Injuring Commuters
    Train Derails in Heavy Rainstorm in California Injuring Commuters
    March 8, 2016

    Santa Clara, CA: An Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) commuter train with more than 200 passengers aboard hit a downed tree Monday night and derailed. Nine people in the train crash were injured as the passenger car rolled into in the Alameda Creek along Niles Canyon Road, in Sunol, CA.

  • MIT Study Finds VW Emissions Could Cause 60 Premature Deaths
    MIT Study Finds VW Emissions Could Cause 60 Premature Deaths
    October 30, 2015

    Boston, MA: According to a new study by researchers at MIT, Volkswagen's use of software, called VW defeat devices, to evade emissions standards in more than 482,000 diesel vehicles sold in the US, could contribute to 60 premature deaths across the country.

  • Paxil Far More Dangerous Than Originally Reported, New Data Analysis Shows
    Paxil Far More Dangerous Than Originally Reported, New Data Analysis Shows
    September 17, 2015

    Santa Clara, CA A new analysis of a study on the contentious selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) Paxil (paroxetine), made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), shows that the antidepressant was no more effective than the placebo comparator and considerably more dangerous than the original published study data indicated. According to a report in the Washington Post, the investigators who have just completed the review of original raw data from what is called “study 329”, noted that the errors in the coding of adverse events were so egregious it was difficult to see how they could have occurred unintentionally.

  • New Ruling on Establishing Injury Makes it Easier for Data Breaches Lawsuits to Proceed
    New Ruling on Establishing Injury Makes it Easier for Data Breaches Lawsuits to Proceed
    August 6, 2015

    Santa Clara, CA A recent decision by the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on establishing risk for injury in data breach class actions has made it significantly easier for these lawsuits to proceed. The decision stems from an interpretation of the decision on the Neiman Marcus data breach class action (Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group), and essentially allows for data breach complaints to proceed based on “substantial risk” of a future injury, rather than proof that injury has already occurred.

  • Zimmer Heads to Court over Durom Cup Hip Implant
    Zimmer Heads to Court over Durom Cup Hip Implant
    July 2, 2015

    Santa Clara, CA Zimmer, the maker of the Durom Cup hip implant, is heading to court to face its third defective products lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by a California resident who had a Zimmer hip implant in 2007 but had to have it removed just 15 months later.

  • Jury Finds in Favor of Pfizer in Zoloft Birth Defects Lawsuit
    Jury Finds in Favor of Pfizer in Zoloft Birth Defects Lawsuit
    June 15, 2015

    Philadelphia, PA The family of a child born with birth defects they allege were caused by the antidepressant Zoloft, had their case defeated in court last week. The jury rejected the mother’s claims that Pfizer, the maker of Zoloft, hid the alleged health risks. The family of eight-year-old Mia Robinson sought at least $2.4 million in compensation for the child’s heart abnormalities.

  • $18.5M Settlement Awarded in Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
    $18.5M Settlement Awarded in Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
    November 21, 2014

    Los Angeles, CA A jury has awarded $18.5 million against Boston Scientific Corp in settlement of transvaginal mesh litigation brought by four women who alleged the implanted medical device left them with nerve damage, infections and pain during sex.

  • Prescription Pain Killer Makers Sued by California Counties
    Prescription Pain Killer Makers Sued by California Counties
    May 23, 2014

    Los Angeles, CA Five of the world’s largest narcotics makers are facing a lawsuit filed by two California counties, over allegations the companies are responsible for manipulating doctors into believing the benefits of prescription pain killers such as OxyContin, outweigh the risks, despite considerable evidence to the contrary. As a result, the lawsuit claims, the nations is facing a prescription drug addiction epidemic.

  • BPA Linked to Prostate Cancer
    BPA Linked to Prostate Cancer
    March 6, 2014

    Cincinnati, OH Results of a new study just released link the potentially carcinogenic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) with prostate cancer. The study, though small, found high levels of BPA in men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Additionally, the researchers found that exposure to BPA disrupts cell division, potentially affecting the development of cancer in exposed individuals.

  • $100M Fungal Meningitis Settlement Reached
    $100M Fungal Meningitis Settlement Reached
    December 24, 2013

    Atlanta, GA A $100 million settlement has been agreed between the compounding pharmacy allegedly behind a massive fungal meningitis outbreak last year and victims and their families.

  • Following Suit: GranuFlo Lawsuit Updates
    Following Suit: GranuFlo Lawsuit Updates
    December 10, 2013

    Granuflo and NaturaLyte lawsuits have been filed against Fresenius Medical Care North America, the manufacturer and distributor of dialysis products Granuflo and NaturaLyte, alleging that their actions (i.e., Alkali Dosing Errors) led to the wrongful deaths of dialysis patients. Both Fresenius and DaVita operate hundreds of dialysis centers across the US.

  • AIG Faces $60M Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit
    AIG Faces $60M Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit
    October 4, 2013

    New York, NY Investors have filed a reported $60 million securities fraud class action against American International Group (AIG) Inc. The plaintiffs had objected to a proposed $725 million class action settlement against the investment and insurance firm, stemming from allegations the company made false and misleading statements regarding its financial health.

  • New Federal Report on Debt Collection Practices Indicates Area of Concern
    New Federal Report on Debt Collection Practices Indicates Area of Concern
    February 21, 2013

    Washington, DC Earlier this year, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its study on debt buyers. The report on debt collection was done because it is the industry that generates the most consumer complaints to the FTC annually.

  • MAXIM Faces Unpaid Overtime Class Actions and Hepatitis C Negligence Lawsuit
    MAXIM Faces Unpaid Overtime Class Actions and Hepatitis C Negligence Lawsuit
    October 25, 2012

    Allegheny, PA A class action lawsuit has been filed against UPMC, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside a/k/a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Shadyside d/b/a UPMC Presbyterian and Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc. d/b/a Maxim Staffing Solutions alleging negligence in the case of David Kwiatkowski, the medical technician who is accused of infecting and/or exposing thousands of patients to the Hepatitis C virus in at least eight states.

  • 29 Missing, 6 Dead in Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Accident
    29 Missing, 6 Dead in Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Accident
    January 17, 2012

    Giglio, Italy Twenty-five passengers and four crew on board the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia are still missing according to the Italian Coast Guard, and at least 6 people have died in the maritime accident.

  • FDA Recommends Modified Dosing of ESAs
    FDA Recommends Modified Dosing of ESAs
    June 27, 2011

    Washington, DC The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing healthcare professionals of modified recommendations for more conservative dosing of Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents (ESAs) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) to improve the safe use of these drugs.

  • Pfizer Reported to Reach $330 Million Deal on Prempro Lawsuits
    Pfizer Reported to Reach $330 Million Deal on Prempro Lawsuits
    February 9, 2011

    New York, NY Pfizer Inc, the maker of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) Prempro, has agreed to pay $330 million to resolve claims that the menopause drug caused breast cancer. The settlement brings to an end eight years of litigation including some 2,200 related Prempro lawsuits that alleged Wyeth, the company that developed Prempro and was subsequently bought out by Pfizer, knew of the cancer risk but was not forthcoming about it.

  • Three dead, 10 Injured in Mississippi School Bus Crash
    Three dead, 10 Injured in Mississippi School Bus Crash
    February 8, 2011

    Calhoun County, MS At least three people have been killed and 10 injured in a school bus accident in Mississippi Tuesday afternoon. The bus, from Choctaw County, was struck by an 18-wheel tractor trailer at the intersection of Highway 8 and Highway 9 in Calhoun County at approximately 2:30 p.m. local time, Jon Kalahar, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety said.

  • Chrysler Recalls Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Series for Loss of Steering Control
    Chrysler Recalls Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Series for Loss of Steering Control
    December 30, 2010

    Washington, DC Chrysler Group LLC is recalling about 22,274 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 vehicles model year 2008-2011. These vehicles may experience a weakening and fracture of the left ball stud on the tie rod resulting in a potential loss of steering.

  • CPSC To Ban Drop Side Cribs
    CPSC To Ban Drop Side Cribs
    December 15, 2010

    New York, NY Product safety regulators with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 5 to 0 Wednesday to ban the production and sale of drop side cribs in the United States in approximately six months time, or summer 2011.

  • J&J's McNeil Healthcare Still Facing FDA Violations
    J&J's McNeil Healthcare Still Facing FDA Violations
    December 1, 2010

    New York, NY Inspectors for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are reportedly still finding problems with Johnson & Johnson's (J&J) drug making arm, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, nearly a year after the FDA ordered them to fix production-related problems that prompted massive recalls of several over-the-counter drugs including Tylenol.

  • Brazilian Blowout Solution Contains Formaldehyde
    Brazilian Blowout Solution Contains Formaldehyde
    October 11, 2010

    Ottawa, ON Health Canada is warning Canadians that Brazilian Blowout Solution manufactured by Brazilian Blowout of California has been found to contain unacceptable levels of formaldehyde. The Brazilian Blowout hair smoothing treatment is known to be available at salons across Canada.

  • Retired FDA Doctor Says Lasik Surgery Needs Stronger Regulations
    Retired FDA Doctor Says Lasik Surgery Needs Stronger Regulations
    September 24, 2010

    Sacramento, CALasik Surgery requires stronger warnings and regulations, according to a former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official who was once a proponent of the procedure.

  • NHTSA Investigates 89 Deaths Linked to Toyota Acceleration Problems
    NHTSA Investigates 89 Deaths Linked to Toyota Acceleration Problems
    May 26, 2010

    Washington, DC The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tuesday that as many as 89 deaths may be related to incidences of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles.

  • J&J to Pay $81 Million to Federal Government over Topamax Promotion
    J&J to Pay $81 Million to Federal Government over Topamax Promotion
    April 30, 2010

    Washington, DC Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $81 million to the US Justice Department as settlement over allegations that the pharmaceutical company illegally promoted the epilepsy drug Topamax for unapproved uses, specifically for psychiatric indications.

  • Pet Illnesses and Deaths Prompt Lawsuits Against Hartz and Other Flea and Tick Product Makers
    Pet Illnesses and Deaths Prompt Lawsuits Against Hartz and Other Flea and Tick Product Makers
    March 9, 2010

    Newark, NJ Cat and dog owners have filed a series of lawsuits against the makers of anti- flea and tick medications alleging that their pets were made ill by the products.

  •  Toyota Misled the Public, Federal Panel Says
    Toyota Misled the Public, Federal Panel Says
    February 22, 2010

    Washington DC Democrats sitting on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have said that Toyota too quickly dismissed the idea that computer issues are at the heart of Toyota's troubles with defective vehicles and recalls. The House panel concluded that the car manufacturer relied on data from a flawed engineering study, the New York Times reports.

  • Zyprexa, Abilify, Risperdal, and Seroquel Linked to Rapid Weight Gain in Children
    Zyprexa, Abilify, Risperdal, and Seroquel Linked to Rapid Weight Gain in Children
    October 29, 2009

    Washington, DC: The largest study of its kind to show an association between atypical antipsychotics such as Zyprexa, and rapid weight gain and metabolic changes that can lead to diabetes and hypertension was published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study was conducted in 272 children aged between 4 and 19 years.

  • Securities Class Actions - Making a Difference
    Securities Class Actions - Making a Difference
    June 11, 2008

    New York, NY Citigroup is in the news again, this time concerning high-risk hedge funds, in which investors could lose everything they invested. Christopher J. Gray, P.C. has represented plaintiffs in securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions and other complex litigation in the state and federal courts.

  • Hepatitis C Contracted from Endoscopy Center
    Hepatitis C Contracted from Endoscopy Center
    June 10, 2008

    Boulder City, NV In November, 2007 Jim, a healthy, 53-year old man, underwent a routine colonoscopy at the Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center. The procedure showed nothing wrong and he was given the all clear and sent home. But in February 2008 he found out that he had contracted Hepatitis C as a result of faulty practices at the clinic.

  • Stroke, Fatty Liver, and Diabetes  -  Is Vytorin Responsible?
    Stroke, Fatty Liver, and Diabetes - Is Vytorin Responsible?
    May 4, 2008

    Harvard, CT 2004 was a good year for Claudia - until Halloween night. Claudia was at a party when she noticed she wasn't feeling well. She went to hospital several days later and found out that she had suffered a heart attack. Her doctor put her on Vytorin, and she remained on it for three years, until she had a stroke. If the Vytorin was working as it was meant to, would she still have had a stroke?

  • Blocked Arteries and Heart Attack While Taking Vytorin
    Blocked Arteries and Heart Attack While Taking Vytorin
    May 1, 2008

    Boise, ID: Stephen, a 57-year old police officer, is the picture of health. He cycles regularly, works out regularly, has never smoked, and doesn't drink. About two years ago he went to his doctor for a routine physical, and his cholesterol levels were found to be very high. So his doctor put him Vytorin.

  • Emergency Triple Bypass Surgery 18 Months After Starting Vytorin
    Emergency Triple Bypass Surgery 18 Months After Starting Vytorin
    April 30, 2008

    Chesterfield: VA A year and half after being on Vytorin, Richard had to undergo emergency triple bypass surgery. His doctor had put him on Vytorin in July 2005, around the time the new cholesterol drug became available. But for eight years prior to that Richard had taken Zocor (simvistatin), one of the two drugs actually contained in the Vytorin pill.

  • A Life in Limbo
    A Life in Limbo
    April 19, 2008

    Tiffin, OH: Shelva's husband, Raymond, had to go to hospital recently to have his stent replaced. Raymond has taken Vytorin for two years, and began taking the block-buster anti-cholesterol drug just before he had is original stent put in. According to the claims of the makers of Vytorin, Raymond's cholesterol should have been reduced, so much so in fact that he wouldn't need a new stent in such short order, if at all. But that's not what happened. Vytorin didn't reduce either Raymond's cholesterol levels, or those of his wife, who was also taking the drug.

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